Former Las Cruces police officer turned Country music singer Frank Ray will make his national debut this Friday morning on The Today Show. Ray made the announcement on on his social media, writing,

The TODAY show episode will air Nov. 15th at 9am on featured on 3rd Hour of TODAY / check your local guide for schedule times just in case 🙂 Huge shoutout to NBC and their whole crew for giving me a national platform to share my story.

The ‘story’ he’s referring to is both his career change and being a Latino in Country music.

"I got an email from one of the producers telling me that that they were specifically wanting to find inspirational stories from Hispanic artists for Hispanic Heritage Month in Nashville," Ray told the Las Cruces Sun-News in an interview this September.

"They did research and…got more excited about it the more they learned about me. From being a police officer to being on 'Real Country' on the USA Network.”

Ray’s appearance will not be live. The segment that will air was recorded during his performance at the Las Cruces Music Festival this past October. He told the Sun-News show producers “liked the idea of coming to Las Cruces to see me in my own element and hometown.”

Ray left the force in August of 2017 after 10 years patrolling the mean streets of Cruces to pursue his music career full-time. Since then he’s performed all over the country and the Borderland including half-time of the Sun Bowl game in 2017.

He was recently nominated for a Texas Regional Radio Music award in the New Male Vocalist of the Year category.